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What three-syllable word was combined with the word icicle to coin the word popsicle?

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Answer: lollypop

The name popsicle was coined as a trademark in 1923 by Frank Epperson of Oakland, California. He coined it by contracting the phrase lollypop icicle.

The OED's first citation for the term is from its 1923 patent application: "Trade-mark ‘Popsicle’. Particular description of goods. — Lollypops. Claims use since May 28, 1923."(Source: U.S. Patent Office Official Gazette, 25 Sept. 1923)


Too easy for me, since i've spent time in England, where that confection is know as an "ice lolly." I love these questions!
dana937 at

And in Britain they used the other syllables... in Britain, a Popsicle is called an Ice Lolly.
rjohnsto at

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